Freight drivers to strike to protect pensions

28 February 2019

Drivers at two of the big five rail freight companies in Britain have voted overwhelmingly to strike in a bid to protect their pensions.

 

ASLEF’s executive committee today called two 24-hour strikes for Friday 15 March and Friday 29 March.

 

Members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, were balloted after management at Freightliner Intermodal and Freightliner Heavy Haul sought to change the terms of the companies’ pension scheme.

 

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘We regret the need to ballot our members – we should not have been forced into this position – and we regret the need to go on strike but we are determined to protect the interests of our members and, therefore, delighted by the decision of our freight drivers to defend their pension scheme.’

 

Drivers will walk out on Friday 15 March and Friday 29 March. Freight trains won’t run and stock will not be moved.

 

Mick added: ‘It is not too late for the company to see sense. We are still willing to sit down and talk to Freightliner and try to keep the wheels of business turning in Britain.’

 

The results of the ballot of our members at the two companies:

 

Freightliner Intermodal:

 

Are you prepared to take part in a strike?

 

Yes 94.1%

No 5.9%

 

Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?

 

Yes 97.8%

No 2.2%

 

Turnout was 70%

 

Freightliner Heavy Haul:

 

Are you prepared to take part in a strike?

 

Yes 84.8%

No 15.2%

 

Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?

 

Yes 89.7%

No 10.3%

 

Turnout was 60.3%

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